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Video of Trim, County Meath, Republic of Ireland

Trim (Irish: Baile Átha Troim, meaning "town at the ford of elderflowers") is the traditional county town of County Meath in Ireland, although the county town is now Navan. The town was recorded in the 2006 census to have a population of 6,870.

Trim won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition in 1972, 1984 and was joint winners with Ballyconnell, County Cavan in 1974.

Lying 61 m above sea level on the River Boyne, Trim became one of the most important Hiberno-Norman settlements in the Middle Ages. In the 15th century the Norman-Irish parliament met in Trim. Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington is reputed to have been born in Dangan Castle between Trim and Summerhill, and a large column to him was erected in the town in 1817. The town's main feature is Ireland's largest Norman castle, Trim Castle; other features include two ruined church complexes, the Boyne River for fishing and the Butterstream Gardens, visited by Charles, Prince of Wales in the mid-nineties (no longer open to the public).

A new bridge was built on the Boyne in the 1980s to divert heavy traffic from the town. This was then enhanced by the construction, in a series of stages, of an inner relief road, which now makes it possible for heavy traffic to achieve a complete by-pass of the town. The Watergate bridge was replaced in 2005. The local town council purchased a field beside the new bridge in 2004, as it was expected to be of archaeological significance.

As part of the Civil Service decentralization plan of the Irish government, Trim was chosen as the location of the headquarters for the state body known as the Office of Public Works. The movement of this state administration function to Trim resulted in Trim being the first location outside of Dublin to complete a satisfactory decentralization move. Trim has seen some growth in recent years with growth as a tourist and business centre.

The Town Castle, in front of the rear view of the courthouse, was used in the film "Braveheart" and is the largest Norman Castle in Europe. It was built by Hugh De Lacy.

The Town Hall, known locally as the Market House, is reputed as one of Thin Lizzy's first concert venues, and has seen U2 and several other noted bands play there over the years.

The yellow steeple (named so for the way the sun sets and rises on it in the giving it a yellow colour), the remains of a 14th century abbey on a hillside near the town centre, is the tallest building in Trim and can be seen for kilometres around the town.

Trim Town

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